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The Daily Sail reader's opinion on the 60ft trimaran carnage in the Route du Rhum
The trimaran carnage in the Route du Rhum has caused several readers of The Daily Sail to give us their views. Team Philips designer Adrian Thompson sent us this... I try to keep my head down bellow the dock wall when boats break due to wave activity, as I got some serious stick when Team Philips was abandoned in the North Atlantic at the centre of a 'bomb'. The truth is that in extreme conditions the loads on a multihull structure are immense, complicated, and it seems, very difficult to predict. Designers and structural engineers have to rely on imperial data to a great extent to structure these boats without the luxury of knowing exactly what the safety margins are at the end of the process. It does seem odd however, that this years boats have been very accident prone, with mast failures as well as delamination in various vital parts of the structure, but further investigation shows that the performance envelope of these boats has increased at a mighty rate during the last two years, but the race conditions have been relatively benign. Combine the performance increase with some bad weather, and with the reduced capability of a single hander to nurse the boat full time, and you have suddenly entered a very high-risk arena where failures will occur. It¹s not a process without its critics, but make no mistake, the new boats will be stronger and better as a result. I guess single handing one of these boats must rate as one of the scariest things to do in a boat or anything else come to that. I can¹t contemplate doing it so I certainly won¹t condemn it. We agree with Mark Hield's viewpoint Although there has be a very high drop out due to structural damage and capsizes no lives have

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